Caminer Law, LLC
Bridging the law & business of infrastructure
A WBE, DBE, ACDBE & BEP certified law firm
Caminer Law, LLC is a WBE, DBE and ACDBE certified law firm that provides assistance in areas of infrastructural renewal and replacement, communications, real estate and legislative initiatives. Irene Caminer, founder of Caminer Law, LLC is dedicated to providing sound, thoughtful, and thorough business advice, legal judgment, management and support services that include innovative, cost-efficient and cost-effective consideration. Caminer Law, LLC serves individuals, businesses, organizations and government entities regarding water, wastewater, stormwater and infrastructure programs, projects, and investments.
With more than 20 years of municipal water and wastewater industry experience, Irene Caminer provides legal services related to infrastructure, including Lake Michigan water, rights of way, water quality, metering, Safe Drinking and Clean Water Acts, safety and security, environmental and legislative matters.
Caminer Law, LLC’s services also include advising local governments in areas such as utility management, real estate, and construction. Irene is a tough and upstanding negotiator and advisor in areas such as contracts, real estate, including right of way and easement agreements, and legislative and regulatory compliance matters.
In addition to legal services, Irene has project management and oversight experience ranging from overseeing the implementation of a billing and customer service system, metering program, and relocation, scheduling and workflow projects, to name a few. Please contact Irene for management consulting services related to water and wastewater utilities, infrastructure and organizations. Irene welcomes the opportunity to meet and talk through and work on the various milestones, phases and stages of a project to identify any potential obstacles, unanticipated consequences or surprises. Most importantly, Irene is available to discuss opportunities to improve communication, accountability, and transparency with stakeholders, elected officials, customers and others.
Caminer Law, LLC is the go-to law firm for municipal infrastructure and water and waste water issues where organizational change internally and externally is necessary to achieve the intended outcomes. This may include administrative, legislative and consumer communication and outreach after detailed planning across many sections within the organization. Irene Caminer has experience with organizational change. Whether relocating staff, instituting a legislative program, seeking rate increases, implementing capital plans and meter programs or upgrading antiquated processes, Irene Caminer has the skills necessary to advise and lead from idea through completion in a timely and efficient manner.
Caminer Law, LLC provides sound, thoughtful and thorough business and legal judgment. Irene’s unique skills as both a lawyer and consultant set her apart from typical municipal focused law firms. Irene advises and works collaboratively on strategic solutions. Irene brings strong accountability measures to define and develop written policies, procedures and programs including personnel, ethics, operational, safety, security and other accountability initiatives. With strong analytical and writing skills Irene is available to assist in areas including water quantity and quality, environmental and regulatory compliance, project management, litigation oversight, budget preparation, legislative review and analysis, business management and security.
MBE/WBE Certification Process
The volume of documentation required for any Minority, Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) application for certification is daunting and challenging. The documents are voluminous, and the process can be time consuming. For anyone not familiar with the City of Chicago’s (or other agencies’) on-line application process, the effort needed to follow-through on responding to the myriad of questions asked and documents requested can be all-consuming.
For non-construction businesses, the City allows for an attorney to sign a Professional Declaration of Eligibility on behalf of a non-construction business/applicant seeking M/WBE certification. Without certification, the City takes months to process an application. With Irene's help, clients have been certified within weeks, giving them a leg up on the competition when submitting contract proposals.
Other Legal Services
As the former in-house counsel to the Chicago Department of Water Management, Irene Caminer's legal expertise spans areas including the Safe Drinking and Clean Water Acts, USEPA and IEPA rules and regulations, water quantity and quality, wastewater, environmental and regulatory compliance, litigation oversight, project management, budget preparation, legislative review and analysis, safety and security. Irene is knowledgeable about the history of Lake Michigan water relating to Illinois and Chicago. Irene Caminer has championed infrastructure projects such as the MeterSave Program, which resulted in more than 100,000 meter installations, business process automation and improvements saving residents more than 50% on their water bills.
Irene is available to assist with legal, legislative, policy and administrative questions or issues and creating a thoughtful, strategic approach to finding the appropriate resources and responses regardless of the magnitude of your issue.
With more than 30 years of government experience, including 20 years as in-house counsel to the City of Chicago Department of Water Management, Irene brings executive advice, counsel and leadership direction to new projects and initiatives. As a senior advisor to the commissioner in one of the largest operating departments, Irene worked with all levels of government, creating and ensuring that the messaging was reliable, relatable, understandable and well-thought through, prioritizing the department’s budget, regulatory and legislative needs.
In addition, from 2006-2017, Irene served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. On a more local level, Irene is active with the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association. Irene is a member in good standing with the Illinois State Bar and received her JD from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Irene provides sound, thoughtful and thorough business and legal judgment, is a strategic thinker and well organized. Irene's goal is to make a difference, be efficient and work collaboratively to arrive at successful solutions. Irene knows that there is no simple solution for every situation. Irene is committed to providing a workable approach that meets the needs of the client and will help strengthen the organization.
Finally, Irene is active in her community and serves as an executive vice president of a non-profit board.
July 2019 Caminer Law LLC becomes a proud member of the ARAG attorney network and accepts ARAG plan members.
July 2019 BEP certified by State of Illinois Central Management Services
May 2019 Caminer Law is ACDBE-certified
March 2019 ISAWWA WaterCon Women in Water, “May the (Work) Force Be With You Leading the Way”
December 2018 HACIA, FEJA ContractorTraining class, St. Augustine, "Contract Basics"
October 2018 Caminer Law is DBE-certified
September 2018 ISAWWA Women in Water Webinar, “May the (Work) Force Be With You Leading the Way”
March 2018 ISAWWA WaterCon 2018, Women in Water, “Goal setting, success mapping, & resource utilization for the successful leader”
New member of HACIA
Irene welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations on leadership and communication skills, strategic planning and other management issues.
Working With Irene
Caminer Law, LLC relies on word of mouth and testimonials to obtain referral clients. See what others have to say about Caminer Law.
Recently, I hired Irene Caminer to help me apply for Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certification. Utilizing the Professional Declaration of Eligibility process, Irene succeeded in having my company certified as a WBE in less than 6 weeks. I was thrilled, especially since this could have taken much longer. Irene’s understanding and knowledge, attention to details, organizational skills, and the clear way that she explained everything to me made the process so much less daunting. I highly recommend Irene to anyone whose business seeks to obtain WBE (or MBE) certification.
Founder, Bacharach Consulting, LLC
I have known Irene for more than a decade. As a long time CEO, I have used many of the country's largest and most prestigious law forms. The most productive of those relationships had one common element: trust. The key professional with whom I dealt inspired trust. I knew that I was in good hands. INSPIRING TRUST may be Irene's greatest asset. She is honest. She is passionate. She is discrete. She cares. She is hardworking and is an advocate for the people and the causes in which she believes. I would look forward to any opportunity to have Irene represent me.
CEO, Spice Chain
I recently needed legal assistance in handling a stressful dispute involving one of my tenants. I retained Irene, a friend for more than 25 years. In addition to seeking her legal counsel, I needed someone who would listen and understand the emotional impact this had on me.
Irene spent time researching the Chicago landlord tenant ordinance and preparing documents to move forward. Irene drafted a detailed, thoughtful and expertly written letter. She demonstrated her superb legal skills and determination to resolve this situation, without losing sight of the big picture. After her reviewing, Irene reflected on the entire situation, took off her legal hat and put on her friend hat. She explained the legal hurdles and obstacles. She then asked if I wanted to proceed with the letter, knowing it would escalate the already tense matter. Bottom line, Irene helped me to work and think things through before taking action. With her help, the matter ended more swiftly and in the best possible way.
I highly recommend Irene Caminer. She works with patience, ethics, intellect, professionalism, expertise, and heart.